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Great news! I’m going to the seaside for my holiday again this year. I’ve started packing already. I’m taking my binoculars to spot birds - I’d really like to see some puffins - and I’m taking my bucket for rockpooling and sandcastles. Whilst I’m there I might even get to go on a boat trip to see if I can spot any whales or dolphins. That would be totally awesome! Have you ever seen a whale or a dolphin?

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I went out bird watching yesterday and had an amazing day. I took my binoculars so I could get a better look at the birds, and they came in really handy. First I saw a Mistle Thrush sitting right at the top of a tall old ash tree and then I heard a Willow Warbler singing. By using my binoculars I managed to spot it sitting on the branch of an oak tree, almost hidden amongst the leaves.

Best of all, on my way back I saw a Sparrowhawk. It flew right across the path in front of me. It was only a few metres away so I didn’t need any binoculars to spot it! It swooped and dived between the trees so fast that I wondered how it didn’t hit a tree trunk. What a fantastic bird. One of my favourites.

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I’ve been out spotting bats this week; summer evenings are a great time to watch them flitting about catching insects. I think they must be pipistrelle bats but I'm not sure because they move so fast. I am always amazed that they can fly so fast using only echolocation to guide them. ‘Echolocation’ is a big word isn’t it? I learned it last year, I think it’s the longest word I know! What it means is that the bats use sound to find their way around instead of using sight because they can’t see very well. It seems impossible, but they can make a sound and listen for the echo as it bounces off objects nearby. By listening to the echoes they can tell where nearby objects are and avoid them.

I’ve had a go at echolocation because my eyes are not that great, but I just can’t get the hang of it. I scratched myself on a bramble and tripped over a rock. I’ll stick to snuffling.

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I’ve been back to the pond today to check on the tadpoles. At first I thought they had all gone because I couldn’t find anything: no tadpoles and no frogs. What a disappointment. But then I thought back to the bio blitz which I took part in, and I remembered that sometimes you have to look really closely to find things. So I peered under rocks and snuffled around in the plants at the edge of the pond, and guess what? I found them! Frogs! They were hard to find because they were really small, not much bigger than a buttercup, and they were well camouflaged amongst all vegetation. I spotted seven of them in total. It was amazing! Have you spotted any frogs yet?

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Have you seen the starfish pledge? www.wildlifewatch.org.uk I’m colouring my starfish in this morning. It’s going to be black and white all over, just like me. I might even try to make it look furry. I don’t think that there are actually any badger starfish out there in the sea, but that doesn’t matter. I just want to do my bit to help marine wildlife.

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comments

  • Loonaga
    • Date: 2014-02-25 18:47:12
    • Loonaga

    I saw lots of birds in the park

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-22 17:23:49
    • Chaffuea

    Well I don't know whether these are spring flowers but I've seen a few daffodils around my house Swiftafa. Well also I went into town through Farnham Park and I wasn't on the look out or anything and I probably missed some but I didn't find any. Maybe next time I go into town I'll be looking for them and I might see some. Thanks for the advice Swiftafa.

  • Swiftafa
    • Date: 2014-02-20 14:21:17
    • Swiftafa

    hi , who`s seen first signs of spring? i have seen lots of snowdrops in our church grounds and in gardens near my home . Chaffuea, try looking in gardens for snowdrops or in your local park. theres a lot around so happy spotting. you dont need to live near snow. i`ve seen purple and orange crocuses in gardens and grape hyacinth too. we have daisies and lesser celandines on the lawns of our flats. i saw my first honey bee last sunday at sandwell park farm and on tuesday i saw a poor bumble bee almost dead in a street nearby. birdsong is changing too especially the robin. yipeeee! spring is a comin! Cloakilus try going out at dusk to see badgers find a place to hide , wrap up warm and wait! take someone with you. be patient --you may be lucky. best places are woodland as well as some gardens. let me know if you see one cos i havent seen one in the wild yet

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-18 14:17:32
    • Chaffuea

    I can't seem to find any snow drops anywhere and I don't live near snow.

  • Collaragri
    • Date: 2014-02-15 19:52:13
    • Collaragri

    I have found some snowdrops in my back garden and i put them in my wildlife watchers handbook.

  • Duckulla
    • Date: 2014-02-15 19:30:59
    • Duckulla

    Snow drops are popping up all over the place at our house too.

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-14 17:23:04
    • Chaffuea

    I've never actually seen a Kingfisher in real life! I wish I was there with you!

  • Magwing
    • Date: 2014-02-12 18:59:01
    • Magwing

    i love badgers blog its soooooooooooo intresting

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:33:06
    • Chaffuea

    This is kind of about wildlife but it's not totally about wildlife! Basically, today we had a letter (which people could choose whether they could have one or not) and as soon as they mentioned wildlife I was extremely interested but I could see by other peoples faces that they weren't interested. (The letter was about this Forest Ranger Competition at Alice Holt.) As I've told you nobody was much interested except me but as soon as the teacher explained that the prize would be a £100 voucher for go ape adventure and a two night stay on one of 15 Camping in the forest sites almost everybody wanted it. I know this sounds silly but they did only want it because of the prize, but luckily I wanted it because it was about wildlife but I've got to admit I was attracted by the prize to be honest!

  • Chaffuea
    • Date: 2014-02-06 17:24:14
    • Chaffuea

    Hi, today when I was at school my teacher (whilst during maths) thought she saw a Woodpecker but it was actually a Jay on our school field! Then she said that you do find quite a few funny birds coming onto our field!